Proposal writing for documentaries, usually from a rough draft. Editing descriptions, treatments, director statements, crew bios, story outlines, outreach etc…
Help with the narrative, including fleshing out characters and story arc. Detailing the look, feel, and tone of the story.
Fine-tuning your documentary in its final stage. Once you have—in theory—finished editing, I can provide an objective, outsider’s perspective to help you enhance and tighten the story.
Revising and improving any communications involving your film, including press releases, website copy, background materials, blurbs and the like.
I love to tell stories in different ways. I’m an award-winning filmmaker with more than 20 years experience in journalism, writing, editing, broadcasting and communications. I’ve turned to documentary grant and proposal writing to utilize all the experience and skills I’ve learned in that time because, for me, documentaries are a vital form of media. During those years, I learned how to compose scripts for radio and TV stories, produce online news features, craft magazine articles and formulate social media content. As a script consultant, I've constructed story treatments and proposals, reviewed non-fiction scripts, directed service videos and created winning pitches for my own documentaries.
In 2009/2010, I landed a Mid-Career Fellowship with the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC). Consequently, I acquired training in proposal writing and met with commissioning editors, gaining valuable information about how pitches and grants are assessed.
Read more: My 3 tips for writing a good documentary proposal
Let's make your documentary proposal sparkle!
I can Improve, Illuminate and (re)Imagine your narrative, non-fiction script, proposal or any copy that needs that special touch in the service of getting documentary funding or making your communications shine.
I have worked on grants for the Hot Docs Pitch Prize and applications for IDA funding and fellowships, Firelight Media funds and its doc lab, Sundance, CAAM Social Change Fund, Tribeca, Ford Foundation JustFilms, Creative Capital, Catapult, Berkeley Film Foundation, ITVS, BAVC (San Francisco), Blue Ice Doc Fund, the Rogers Film Fund, Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, NFB (National Film Board of Canada), BRAVO, BRITDOC Bertha and National Geographic as well as mid-sized funding organizations.
I make additions, edits and changes to your draft. Then, I send it back for you to revise a second time and you return it to me for a final edit polish. You control which of my recommendations to incorporate and you adjust the changes in your own words.
Executive Producer, Do Global Productions
USA and Africa